Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association

EFFSAA Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 02, No. 079

EFFSAA & Trademark Agreed to Collaborate

Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association (EFFSAA) and TradeMark Africa Limited signed Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday 4th of October 2022.

On the event, President of EFFSAA Mrs. Mrs. Elizabeth Getahun, Vice President of EFFSAA & Chairman of FIATA-AFI, Mr. Dawit Woubishet, Board Member of EFFSAA, Mr. Anteneh Alemu, Deputy Country Director of TradeMark, Mr. Abenet Bekele and Program Officer of Trademark for Horn of Africa, Mr. Yetmgeta Girma were present.

The officials gave joint press conference after the MoU signing ceremony. They briefed the reason to call a press conference and also disclosed the primary project of their agreement.

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Bona Fide Partnership Between Djibouti, Ethiopia Prosper Logistics

The logistics handling and cooperation between actors in Ethiopia and Djibouti is stated to be growing every year as tremendous performances in the sector continue to be realized.

Ethiopia for close to a quarter century has been benefiting from Djibouti as its sea outlet. Djibouti on the other end has being growing from strength to strength in order to catch up with the growing demand from Ethiopia, the most populous nation in the world without a sea outlet. Djibouti has developed over the years to bridge Ethiopia’s needs through massive port facilities’ developments courtesy of huge investments.

So far most of the Ethiopian cargos pass through Djibouti ports, and similarly Djibouti is always expanding its port handling capacity and efficiency.
It is noted that one of the major achievements was the dispatch of huge amounts of fertilizer within a very short period of time, unlike the past.

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Ethiopia’s Election To ICAO’s Governing Council Membership Indicates its Outstanding Results in Aviation

Ethiopia has been elected to the governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The election for 36-member council took place at the end of the ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday.

Minister of Transport and Logistics, Dagmawit Moges, said that Ethiopia was elected as a member of the council by the highest vote; and this will bring great hope and opportunity in aviation sector in particular and for the country as a whole.

She also mentioned that as Ethiopia is one of the landlocked countries, air transport is an option that it uses to connect with the outside world.
Therefore, she said that her election as a member of the council by a large vote would help it to protect its national interest by closely monitoring the decisions made by the organization.

She further stated that Ethiopia will play a major role in the international civil aviation sector for itself and other countries.

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South Sudan Spurs Huge Logistical Moves For Ethiopia, Djibouti

Major moves from a fortnight back between Djibouti, Ethiopia and South Sudan have materialized on matters of logistics.

Recently, South Sudan’s Refineries and Petrochemicals Company (REPCO) signed a land lease within Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) for a period of 50 years to store oil equipment.

REPCO now owns 1.3 hectares of land in the free zone which will allow it to store materials and other products intended for the processing and extraction of oil before being transported by air or land to South Sudan.

Amplifying the road connectivity was also discussed and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties allowing the landlocked country to access ports in Djibouti for its import export via Ethiopia’s corridor.

The MoU will allow South Sudan to be connected to the rest of the world via the Ports of Djibouti through the road corridor. At this stage there are two corridors, Djibouti – Addis Ababa– Juba – Kampala and Djibouti – Addis Ababa -Gambella– Malakal, and one of which has already been used by Djiboutian transport trucks.

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Ethio-Djibouti Railway Line Security Challenges

Ethio-Djibouti railway line, a $500 million dollar share company based on a report from state media, has been struggling with security challenges both on passengers and cargo trains.

There were as many as 533 security incidents just in one year – and this was revealed in the state media. The entity that is causing the security problem is left murky.

Abdi Zenebe, the executive director, highlighted that the railway line is contributing immensely to Ethiopia’s economy. The cargo service was essential for much of the coffee that Ethiopia exported.

The nature of the security challenges is unspecified. But Mr. Abdi sees that resolving the problem is the responsibility of several stakeholders.

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